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Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide

Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide January 2017

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Consumer Reports Kitchen & Planning Buying Guide will help you get the kitchen you’ve always wanted at a price you can afford. Filled with our exclusive buying advice and ratings, best & worst products, real-world and test-based approach, you’ll be shopping smarter and getting the best kitchen—for less

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Consumer Reports, Inc.

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1 min.
a perfect fit

I HAVE THIS PAIR OF SHOES I LOVE. They’re a lovely blush pink, with a pointy toe and a bow, and I spent way more on them than I should have. But every time I slip them on, my feet start screaming about 15 minutes in. Because pretty as they are, they just don’t fit. A new kitchen costs a lot more than even an overpriced pair of heels—between $20,000 and $60,000 last year, on average, according to figures from Remodeling Magazine. That’s a bundle by anyone’s standards, and an absolute fortune to pay for a pretty kitchen that cramps your cooking style. But don’t worry: That’s where Consumer Reports comes in. Our team of editors, product testers, and market analysts will help you figure out which features you really need, and…

1 min.
welcome to what’s new

How to Use the Ratings on the Website On CR.ORG, you’ll find the same fresh, modern look for our ratings whether you’re using your desktop, your tablet, or your phone. Thanks to technology upgrades, the pages will load much faster onto whatever screen you’re using. The ratings charts will also respond to your preferences in real time so that you can reorder a chart of products by characteristics that matter to you most. We overhauled our buying guides and our video hub is brand new as well, offering new and improved search and browsing tools. You’ll also find more 360-degree videos (go to ConsumerReports.org/360video).…

2 min.
warm it up

Wood-paneled walls, two-tone cabinets, hidden appliances, and mixed metallics. Those were the top kitchen trends of 2016, according to Zillow Digs Home Trends Forecast, which combines data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on the Zillow Digs website. Our editors’ unscientific observations concur: It was hard to open a magazine or click through Houzz last year without a glimpse of one or all of those trends. And they’re showing no signs of falling by the wayside in 2017. Probably because although they are “trends,” they’re are also classic design elements, the types of details that have always given interiors of all types warmth and personality. Here’s how to incorporate one (or all) into your own kitchen, without running the risk of a datednext-year…

3 min.
ree vs. rachael

REE Known as The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond oversees a thoroughly modern media empire as a Food Network star and lifestyle blogger. She has lent her name to a number of products, including the Pioneer Woman Vintage Speckle Nonstick 10-piece cookware set, $99, sold exclusively at that little general store down the road, Walmart. It’s designed to look like something you might use over a campfire. But how about in your kitchen? Consumer Reports put the pots and pans to the test. RESULTS In our tests, water quickly came to a near-boil in the stockpot, and of the 14 nonstick cookware sets we tested, the Pioneer Woman cookware set was the only one to score excellent in both cooking evenness and nonstick durability. In our durability tests, in which we rub…

1 min.
advanced placement

1. ON THE DOOR Butter, condiments, carbonated drinks, cooking oils (can go rancid at room temp.), jam and jelly, juice, peanut butter, water 2. WARMER UPPER SHELVES Yogurt, snacks (pudding cups, fruit cups, etc.), leftovers (in separate containers), beverages 3. COOLER BOTTOM SHELVES Milk, eggs (in original carton), raw meat, poultry, and fish (on trays to catch any drippings) 4. HIGH-HUMIDITY DRAWER* Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, green onions, leafy greens 5. LOW-HUMIDITY DRAWER Apples, avocados (once ripe), grapes, mushrooms, peaches (once ripe), pears (once ripe), peppers, plums (once ripe), melon (once ripe), nectarines (once ripe), squash 6. DELI DRAWER Cheese, deli meats, hot dogs Items That Shouldn’t Go in the Fridge Bananas Bread Coffee Garlic Onions Potatoes Tomatoes Protecting Your Produce These special storage containers did best in Consumer Reports’ tests BEST FOR STRAWBERRIES Rubbermaid FreshWorks Produce Saver $20 for a two-piece set If you have a fridge…

2 min.
some like it hot

The Brits know a thing or two about tea. And they have been gaga for electric kettles for decades. The kettles are a British staple, outselling all other small kitchen appliances, according to Mintel, a market research firm. Some are said to heat water faster than the staid stovetop models or microwaves we Yanks tend to use. Plus they’re said to be safer than kettles you heat on a burner because they’re supposed to shut off when the water comes to a boil. And you can use them anywhere there’s an outlet—no kitchen required. In fact, the bottom of an electric kettle’s carafe stays cool, so you can even place it directly on your desk, countertop, or table. Now these hot-water heaters are finally making headway on our side of the…